Elke Wolf’s woven works – homage to the Bauhaus
Textile weaving was an important discipline at the Bauhaus in Weimar and in Dessau. The latter had its own weaving workshop, which took a markedly modern approach to working with materials and produced high-end wall hangings and rugs, functional textile for chairs and curtains, wall coverings and samples for industrial mass production. The textile artist Elke Wolf (born 1944, now living in Plauen, Saxony) has now donated a group of fifteen large-scale woven works to the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Each is a unique work dating from the years from 1981 to 1985 and, as a group, they exemplify how the Bauhaus was perceived in the GDR era. Wolf’s work will be shown for the first time in the new Bauhaus Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
Design in transformation
How has the practice of design changed, and what role does quality play when the criteria of craftsmanship cease to apply? These questions will be addressed in the opening event for the new series of talks “Design im Wandel” (Design in transformation) hosted by the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin. This took place on 16 September 2015 at 7 p.m. in the recently opened pavilion bauhaus re use. The second event will take place on 14 October at 7 p.m. on the topic “Visual communication – do we see differently today?” For further information see www.bauhaus.de.
Ufa plans to make a Bauhaus film
Ufa aims to produce a fictional TV film about the Bauhaus for the Bauhaus centenary in 2019. The film tells the story of the distinctive creative output of a group of young artists who resolved to create a new world in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin during the 1918–1919 revolution. Following the end of World War I Europe lay in economic and social ruin. Like many of their contemporaries, the Bauhauslers aimed to break away from the past and establish a new way of life. The film will breathe life into a combination of art, revolution and passion; it will also address the political landscape in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s and the “new woman” and her struggle for emancipation. Filming will take place in the original sites of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin.
Sommerakademie at Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne from 12 to 22 August 2015
Every year in August, the Sommerakademie invites emerging artists and curators to Berne to work with renowned figures from the international art scene, creating and holding a ten-day seminar that is focused around a specific topic. The Foundation The Sommerakademie is an international platform for contemporary art that focuses on exploring the present and reflection on art. Using professional training, promotion, sponsorship and mediation, the Sommerakademie aims to promote both artistic productivity and reflection on art among artists, and at the same time allows the public to be part of this process. For further information, please visit the website of Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne (ZPK).